Challenging ‘orthodoxy,’ Kwarteng clings on after UK market rout

Weeks into job, UK finance minister under fire over tax cuts Truss stands by key ally but some question his future Kwarteng fired key official, went without fiscal forecasts LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – As new British finance minister, Kwasi Kwarteng hoped to take down finance ministry groupthink that he and new Prime Minister Liz … Read more

With flowers and a gun salute, Japan bids farewell to divisive Abe

TOKYO, Sept 27 (Reuters) – With flowers, prayers and a 19-gun salute, Japan honored slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday at the first state funeral for a former premier in 55 years – a ceremony that has become as controversial as he was alive. The ceremony started at 2:00 pm (0500 GMT), with … Read more

Ayman al-Zawahiri: from Cairo physician to al Qaeda leader

Joined Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a respected Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after death of bin Laden Wielded influence as ideologist, strategist Lacked bin Laden’s charisma DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but his lack … Read more

Japanese mourn ex-PM Shinzo Abe a day after his assassination

NARA, Japan, July 9 (Reuters) – A steady stream of mourners on Saturday visited the scene of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination in the western city of Nara, an unusual act of political violence that has shocked the nation. Japan’s longest serving modern leader was gunned down while making a campaign speech on … Read more

‘Them’s the breaks’: Boris Johnson quits as UK prime minister

Cabinet ministers resigned en masse, telling him to go Johnson bows out after spate of scandals Aims to stay on til successor named, many want him out now Combative, chaotic approach to governing alienated many Britain’s economy slumping amid cost-of-living crisis LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) – Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson announced on Thursday he would quit … Read more

UK’s Boris Johnson on the brink as ministers quit

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was clinging to power on Wednesday, gravely wounded by the resignation of ministers who said he was not fit to govern and with a growing number of lawmakers calling for him to go. Johnson’s finance and health secretaries quit on Tuesday, along with several in … Read more

Beaming Queen Elizabeth waves to crowds as Platinum Jubilee celebrations begin

Birthday parade kicks off four days of celebrations Events mark 70 years on the throne Gun salutes and flypast for UK’s longest-reigning monarch Royals join parade on horseback LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) – A beaming Queen Elizabeth waved to cheering crowds massed outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday as Britain kicked off four days of pomp, … Read more